Described as one of the most visually spectacular sporting disciplines in the world, the pure muscle of the UK Surf Rowers League (UKSRL) is stopping at Watergate Bay on Saturday 16 July on the next leg of their 2016 Summer Series.
Think about surfing and an image of a surfboard and a wetsuit immediately spring to mind. Now take a 180kg fibre-glass surfboat with four rowers and a “sweep” or steersman standing at the stern and then try and take off on a wave. Welcome to the UK Surf Rowers League (UKSRL).
Described as one of the most visually spectacular sporting disciplines in the world, the potential for thrills and spills is the basis of surf-rowing’s gaining popularity.
Following competitions in Wales and Devon, the next stop on the UKSRL’s six-event Summer Series is Watergate Bay on Saturday 16 July – and it’s safe to say conditions here are rarely ‘flat’.
Row-off will coincide with high-tide at around 4.30pm with great spectating from the shoreline, slipway or The Beach Hut which will be open as usual for food and drink from 8:30am until 9pm (booking advisable).
The Summer Series
The Summer Series is challenging men and women crews over three weekends in the summer to complete three ‘round robin’ races where teams race their boats from a beach start, through the waves out to a buoy, before returning back to the shore in the fastest time possible. Following the event at Watergate Bay, qualifying teams will go on to compete in the UKSRL Open Surfboat Championships on 30 July – location to be confirmed.
The winning crews will be those with the highest scoring league points at the end of the series.
The UKSRL Surfboat Summer Series will be at Watergate Bay on Saturday 16 July at 4pm. For more information, visit www.uksrl.co.uk